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People and Happenings New Greenhouse Opens In April, Mount Auburn Cemete ry ce le brate d the construction of its new Greenhouse with a brunch for the donors whose support was critical to the success of the project, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours for the general public. The 9,500-square-foot facility utilizes cutting-edge technology to create an efficient climate- controlled environment with its open-roof venting, side-wall and ceiling curtains, high-efficiency boilers, and radiant floor heating. Below ground a 35,000 gallon cistern collects roof rainwater to irrigate greenhouse plants. The new facility will enable the horticultural staff to expand its existing environmentally sensitive practices, and will also enhance our capacity to propagate historically appropriate plant varieties and other hard-to-find trees, shrubs and groundcovers. The Greenhouse comprises the first phase of a larger Horticulture Center, a complex designed by award-winning architect William Rawn and Associates to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. The Greenhouse and future Center represent Mount Auburn’s commitment to using and promoting environmentally sensitive practices and to continuing to add diversity and interest to the horticultural collections and historically significant landscape. C ongratulations D ave ! President & CEO of Mount Auburn, Dave Barnett, was recently awarded the Honorary Life Member Award by the American Public Gardens Association. APGA’s most prestigious award is conferred “upon an individual who has Dave Barnett, with his wife Eileen, displayed an uncommon receiving the APGA Honorary Life Member Award. devotion to the field of public horticulture… and has held leadership positions that further the missions of public gardens.” The award “honors an individual who has for many years sup- ported the Association through active committee work, energetic membership, and leadership positions, and whose efforts have led to the advancement of the Association.” Having served as the chair of several APGA committees over the years and as President of the Association from 2005 to 2007, Dave was highly deserving of this award. In the letters of support for his nomination, colleagues described Dave as “a kind, thoughtful and effective leader and manager” and as one who “exudes enthusiasm, humor, passion and compassion in all that he does.” We are very proud of our Dave! G rants A warded Since December 2012, The Friends of Mount Auburn received two additional grants to support the greenhouse initiative: The Michael and Helen Schaffer Foundation gave $15,000 towards the project and the Edwin S. Webster Foun- dation $20,000. The Anthony J. & Mildred D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust’s annual gift of $60,000 supports a wide variety of FOMAC programs and a special projects grant of $56,148 from the Ruggiero Trust was received to support a year-long collaboration with Central Square’s Underground Railway Theater which includes a teacher’s institute and site-specific performance of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Grants of $750 from the Cambridge Arts Council supported the new African American Heritage Trail and $500 from the Watertown Cultural Council. The development of a series of activities for families and children downloadable from Mount Auburn’s website are supported by a $500 grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and a $750 grant from the Watertown Community Foundation. Most recently, a matching grant from the Mas- sachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission of $5,000 was awarded to support the preservation of five Civil War monuments and landscape enhancements to a sixth. This grant was matched by a $2,500 grant from the Ruth & Henry Walter Fund and the Friends is currently seeking $2,500 in additional funds to meet the match. Fall 2013 | 15